News for Saturday, February 27, 2010


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Silton Jones

Mr. Silton Horace Jones, age 85, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2010. He is survived by: wife of sixty-one years, Geraldine Pugh Jones, Buford ...

Elsie Thompson

Elsie Stafford Thompson, age 70, of Social Circle, died February 25, 2010. Surviving are her husband, John Thompson; daughter & son-in-law, Jo Ann & Donnie Abreo of Social ...

Jack Cannon

Mr. Jack A. Cannon, age 67 of Buford, GA died February 26, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999

Will Ewing

Will Ewing, age 82, of Dacula, GA died Friday, February 26, 2010. He is survived by daughter, Frances & Henry Wages; son, Roy Towler, son, Glyn Ewing; sister, Ora & ...

Thomas Higginbotham, Jr.

Thomas M. Higginbotham, Jr, age 72 of Statham, GA, passed away February 26, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Mildred Griffith

Mrs. Mildred Griffith, age 88, of Winder, GA passed away February 26, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Nancy Wynn

Nancy Cheney Wynn, age 90, of Duluth, died Friday, February 26, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, March 1, 2010 at Duluth First United Methodist Church ...

Annie Mcdougald

Annie Bell (Phillips) McDougald, age 87 of Flowery Branch, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2010 at her residence following a sudden illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, March ...

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MURPHY: County in great shape for what may lie ahead

At another newspaper in another community, reporters were under orders to follow any cement truck they came upon because it could lead to a story. When concrete trucks are considered a valid news tip, it's an indication that there can't be much else going on. (Can you imagine tailing cement trucks in Gwinnett County? The Daily Post would need an army of reporters.)

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Progress in Gwinnett: The Next Ten Years - Business

Staff Writer Heather Darenberg talked with Emory Morsberger and Nick Masino about how local businesses will come out of the recession, the importance of thriving downtown areas in Gwinnett cities and redevelopment vs. development.

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Progress in Gwinnett: The Next Ten Years - Education

Staff Writer Heather Darenberg talked to J. Alvin Wilbanks, Sharon Bartels and Daniel Kaufman about education issues ranging from budget concerns and facilities to future challenges and how the educators and their schools are working together.

Patriots swept by McEachern

The Berkmar boys' surprising push at the end of the basketball season nearly added another stunning chapter Saturday night.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hawks three-peat at Gwinnett Open

Mill Creek won the Gwinnett Open Girls Golf Tournament with 83 points in the modified stableford format, winning the annual tournament for the third straight time.

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Hawks' Simmons takes over final quarter

After watching Alpharetta's Kylee Smith take over the third quarter of the first-round Class AAAAA state tournament game against Mill Creek, Hawks star post Moneshia Simmons figured the fourth quarter was her turn.

Unbeaten Panthers shocked

The crowd in the Parkview gym stood, mostly silent. No clapping. Just silence with a muffled cheering. The end could not be here. This team had not lost all season. It was the No. 1 seed and Region 8-AAAAA girls basketball champion.

North girls can't overcome slow start

MILTON -- It was a long night for the North Gwinnett girls in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Saturday as they fell to Milton 63-43. North (19-10) only managed to score 13 first-half points and never led against the Eagles (20-4), the Region 6-AAAAA champions.

Spartans knock out Calhoun

NORCROSS -- Saturday's game between the Greater Atlanta Christian and Calhoun girls featured teams with seasons going in opposite directions.Calhoun, which had won 14 of its last 15 games before stumbling with two straight losses in its Region 7-AA tournament last week, suffered its third straight defeat as GAC toppled the Yellow Jackets 55-29 in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.

Norcross girls open with big win

Norcross' boys needed overtime to eliminate visiting Centennial in Friday's first round of the Class AAAAA basketball playoffs, but the Blue Devil girls had a comparatively easier time in their first-round game at home Saturday.

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Etowah defense stifles Broncos in season-ending loss

Nearly half the first quarter was gone and Brookwood girls coach Scott Terry pulled his five starters for a break.

Buford polishes off Model in 3rd

BUFORD -- Buford's girls were hardly hitting on all cylinders for their first-round game of the Class AA state tournament against Model.Fortunately for the Wolves, their trademark defense helped keep the visiting Blue Devils at arm's length in the first half before triggering a third-quarter run that blew the game open and sent Buford to the second round with a 63-43 win Saturday.

White's 25 not enough for Rams

Gwinnett's leading scorer had a big night, but it wasn't enough for the Grayson girls.

Georgia halts Gators' streak

Wesleyan grad Trey Thompkins scored 20 points, and Albert Jackson ended Florida's comeback attempt by knocking a last-second pass out of bounds to help Georgia beat the Gators 78-76 on Saturday.

Shumpert leads Jackets past BC

Both coaches agreed that Iman Shumpert was the difference in Georgia Tech's win.

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Wolves open title defense firing on all cylinders

NORCROSS -- The student section, probably trying to justify a reason for staying around until the end, kept yelling for a 3-pointer.After all, whether or not the Wesleyan girls would reach 100 points had been the only suspense from the first few minutes of the game.

Gwinnett stages middle school hoops championships

Trickum Middle School has won plenty of division basketball championships recently. Now the Tigers will get a chance to play for something bigger.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Rams win all-star hoops tournament

Grayson's 5- and 6-year-old all-star basketball team claimed the tournament championship at the Dacula All-Star Invitational.

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Linder to step down

Gwinnett's popular Congressman John Linder is stepping down after nearly two decades in Washington. Linder, R-Duluth, announced he would not seek re-election during a short speech at the grand opening of the Gwinnett GOP's new headquarters in Lawrenceville, causing a stir among the crowd of politicians and party faithful.

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Skimming: New twists on old scam

Alice was leery of the restaurant cashier, who eyed her credit card a little too contentedly and swiped it out of view. Something felt wrong. Alice decided to pore over her bank statement like a riddle when it came in the mail. But her bank called first...

County to see $4M from field deal

Gwinnett County will receive $4,485,836 over the next 15 years from a deal naming the Gwinnett Braves' stadium Coolray Field, according to information recently released by government officials. But the county's cut of the naming rights revenues will not eclipse the $300,000 in revenues each year that officials had hoped for to pay back bonds sold to build the stadium until 2019.

Bill would require businesses to participate in E-Verify program

In an economy where jobs are hard to find, state Rep. Bobby Reese wants to make sure the ones that are available aren't taken by illegal immigrants. Reese, who is running for Congress, recently filed House Bill 1259, known as The Georgia Employer and Worker Protection Act of 2010. The legislation would require Georgia businesses to participate in the E-Verify program as a condition for obtaining a business license or occupational tax certificate.

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Costco trip comes in handy for Gwinnett speller

Shruthi Santhanam says she has a weakness in spelling French words, but her knowledge of some French spelling rules helped her win the Georgia Association of Educator's District 3 Spelling Bee on Saturday.

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BANNISTER: One-penny sales tax is an attractive option

There is a way to reduce property taxes and still raise new revenue for county and city governments. To accomplish that, Gwinnett County is encouraging state lawmakers to modify the law that created the local option sales tax.

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O'REILLY: President Obama and the 'S' Word

Rush Limbaugh recently mocked me because I do not call President Obama a socialist. Although I asked Obama to explain his ''socialistic tenets'' in my last interview with him, I have not branded him with the ''S'' word, because the label does not exactly apply to his governance thus far.

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Chile struck by 8.8 quake

TALCA, Chile -- One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded tore apart houses, bridges and highways in central Chile on Saturday and sent a tsunami racing halfway around the world. Chileans near the epicenter were tossed about as if shaken by a giant, and authorities said at least 214 people were dead.

Whales perform for first time since trainer was killed

ORLANDO, Fla. -- More than 2,000 people watched killer whales perform Saturday at SeaWorld for the first time since one of the orcas dragged a trainer to her death underwater in front of horrified spectators three days ago.

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HALL: Let the bloodletting begin

It was bound to happen sooner or later. With all of the interest that we apparently have in vampires these days, no one should be surprised that the topic of blood has now made it to the courts. And, no, I am not talking about bloodsucking judges, as some defendants of alimony cases might describe them.

North girls can't overcome slow start

MILTON — It was a long night for the North Gwinnett girls in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Saturday as they fell to Milton 63-43.

BISHER: Some lows and highs from world of golf

Care to join me? I'm still in recovery from the Tiger Woods self-cleansing. Which, by the way, was followed up by a presumptuous warning from his goon of a caddie. Steve Williams sent out a growling message that "there will be no heckling" when His Majesty returns to the golf course.

Gladiators race out to big lead, hold off Walleye

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Gwinnett Gladiators scored five goals in the first 24 minutes of the game and held on to beat Toledo 6-4 on Saturday.

EDITORIAL: A road map for the future

Entering a new decade, we wanted to use our annual Progress section as a road map to the future. The idea was to let community leaders in all walks of Gwinnett life share their visions, ideas and predictions in a format that would allow them to elaborate on various topics.

White's 25 not enough for Rams

KENNESAW — Gwinnett's leading scorer had a big night, but it wasn't enough for the Grayson girls.

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Hawks' Simmons takes over final quarter

HOSCHTON — After watching Alpharetta's Kylee Smith take over the third quarter of the first-round Class AAAAA state tournament game against Mill Creek, Hawks star post Moneshia Simmons figured the fourth quarter was her turn.